Renewable Energy for Homeowners, Renters and Businesses: Arcadia Power
One of the challenges to promoting renewable energy is that many people assume it's too expensive. And for renters, it's not even an option. Or, is it? That's what I thought until I discovered Arcadia Power, an affordable renewable energy solution for homeowners, renters and businesses. In addition, by choosing 50 percent renewable energy, your electricity costs remain the same and there's no equipment to install. It's one convenient way to vote for a cleaner future!
Last updated August 16, 2017
But first things first: I'm not affiliated with Arcadia Power in any way, other than my status as a customer. They do, however, offer an incentive program for signing up friends and family members. If you do choose one of Arcadia Power's energy plans, I suggest you explore the financial benefits of spreading the word. But I'm not participating in that program, especially here on my website. Having more people switch to renewable energy is so important in mitigating the environmental challenges we face today that I don't feel comfortable profiting from this information.
The reason I'm promoting Arcadia Power is because I'm deeply troubled by increasing global temperatures. Climate change is already happening. But we still have time, hopefully, to prevent the most catastrophic changes. And renewable energy is one piece to solving the climate change puzzle. Besides, Arcadia Power makes signing up easy and you can take action immediately, rather than wait for communities to develop local projects.
Renewable energy: beyond politics
Another point I'd like to make is that even though some of you may have voted for our current president, you may disagree with this administration's environmental policies. By switching to at least 50 percent renewable energy, you're doing your part for the environment, no matter what our representatives decide. And surprisingly, Arcadia Power doesn't rely on government subsidies. So, politically speaking, it's a win-win situation — a positive step toward 100 percent clean energy, regardless of political affiliations.
Arcadia Power: How does it work?
Arcadia Power is available in most areas of the U.S. and matches your monthly energy usage with renewable energy certificates. This certifies that the energy you use each month is from renewable sources. I chose the free 50 percent renewable home energy plan, which supports various wind farms throughout the country.
I'm not suggesting you'll be receiving free energy as in zero charges. To put it simply, your monthly electricity charges remain the same. But with Arcadia's free plan, half your electricity use supports wind farms with no additional costs.
For the premium plan, which utilizes 100 percent renewable wind energy, there's a fee. But I don't think it's much. After I've been on the free plan a few months, I'll contact them to find out how much my monthly bill will increase by upgrading to premium, and I'll update this post to let you know. Update: I did make the change, and my monthly bill increased by only US$15.
One of the best ways to understand renewable energy certificates, also called RECs, is to watch this two minute video sponsored by the EPA.
Electricity production is responsible for the majority of Carbon dioxide emissions.
According to this page on the Arcadia Power website and this article in the guardian, electricity production is responsible for most of our carbon dioxide emissions. The utility company that services our area currently gets about 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Check out your utility company and see what percentage of their energy mix is renewable. One hundred percent renewable energy is possible for every household in America, but more people need to support these programs.
So, how do you sign up with Arcadia Power?
First, create an account on their website. They don't require any equipment and service begins with your next utility bill. Also, Arcadia Power is free of contracts. Yet, they'll notify your utility company of the service change. Your local utility company, however, will continue to provide physical service. I appreciate how local charges and RECs are conveniently combined into one bill. They even include gas charges to further streamline billing.
After your service begins, Arcadia will monitor kilowatt usage and match that with either 50 percent or 100 percent wind energy, depending on the plan you choose. They do this by purchasing matching renewable energy certificates (RECs).
You can track your energy usage and learn about the wind farms you're supporting from your account dashboard. But they offer more benefits, also, such as discounts on energy saving products and a discount for referring friends, family and colleagues to the Arcadia Power program.
A community solar program
One additional part of their program is the opportunity to purchase solar panels, which again, you don't need to install on your roof. This is a completely optional plan, where savings on your monthly bill offset the cost of the solar panels over time. The solar panels are installed on rooftops across the country. Your plan travels with you, since the panels aren't actually on your roof, but elsewhere. Explore the Arcadia Power website, or contact their support team for questions about solar energy.
Arcadia power for businesses, too
Small and mid-sized businesses can take advantage of Arcadia Power's renewable energy programs too! This is an excellent way to support clean energy while fostering a sustainable brand. In the past, these types of programs were only available to larger companies. Learn more by taking a look at Arcadia Power's business page, here.
The choice is ours—I hope.
Did you know insurance companies are already planning for climate change? Even the U.S. military considers climate change to be a national security issue. It's here, and there's more to come. The extent and speed at which climate change happens is up to us, individually, and governments across the world. I can't find a better way to illustrate this point than this article in the guardian. Ice melting in the Arctic is happening so fast that it could cause runaway climate change with severe consequences around the world. We need to act fast, and this renewable energy program through Arcadia Power is one way to do that.
Beyond climate change
So, I know that some people still don't believe in the statistics climate scientists are presenting. However, you're still helping the environment by signing up with Arcadia Power because we all benefit from clean air and water. And our children benefit the most because they are the most vulnerable. Here's some interesting reading from the EPA on how fossil fuels pollute our air and water.
I don't mean to sound overbearing, but I'm scared—to say the least— especially since the 2016 presidential election. Take a look at this piece from the United Nations University written back in 2011, before the Paris Agreement.
Now, it's your turn. Instead of feeling helpless, sign up with Arcadia Power, unless you already have an alternative renewable energy provider. And spread the word. Future generations are counting on us.
Oh, and if you found this post helpful, please share it on social media. If more people switch to renewable energy, we'll be better prepared to stop runaway climate change.
Please note: I can't guarantee Arcadia Power is available in your area, but the odds are in your favor. I checked every place I've ever lived—almost. Please go to their website, and enter your zip code to verify.